Solidarity with Ales Bialiatski on 4 August!
On 4 August the international civic community will be marking International Day of Solidarity with Belarusian civic society and human rights organizations.
The Viasna Human Rights Centre asks colleagues and members of international and Belarusian human rights organizations to organize demonstrations of solidarity with Ales Bialiatski, head of Viasna and Vice-President of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), . Ales Bialiatski was arrested on 4 August 2011 and later sentenced to four and a half years of imprisonment for his human rights activities.
Below is a petition to the Belarusian authorities demanding the immediate and unconditional release of Ales Bialiatski and other political prisoners still in prison, as well as an end to pressure on human rights and civic organizations in Belarus. The petition can either be signed and submitted to the Belarusian Embassy in your country or sent to Belarus’ Presidential Administration.
Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus
220016, 38 Karl Marx St., Minsk, Belarus
On 4 August 2011, Ales Bialiatski, prominent Belarusian human rights defender, head of the Viasna Human Rights Centre” and Vice-President of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), was arrested and later sentenced to four and a half years of imprisonment.
We believe that the sentence was unlawful as it was solely linked with his human rights activities. Ales Bialiatski’s arrest was the result of the Belarusian authorities’ persistent policy against the country’s human rights and civic organizations; the use of courts to strip them of registration, refusal including at legislative level to grant State registration; criminal prosecution for activities on behalf of organizations which are not registered, and effective ban and criminalization of foreign financial aid.
We, representatives of Belarusian and international human rights communities, urge the authorities of Belarus to immediately and unconditionally release Ales Bialiatski and other political prisoners.
We urge the Belarusian authorities to put an end to harassment and persecution of representatives of the country’s civil society and human rights defenders, as well as to bring the Belarusian legislation in line with international human rights standards.